Issue : 19 June 2003
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Confusion over new planning guidance in the north west of England has forced many of the region's councils to put a blanket ban on all new housing for the next three years.
Ryder/HKS create new top 10 playerSubscription
Newcastle-based Ryder has merged with the fifth biggest practice in the US, HKS, to form the 10th largest international office in the world.
Niemeyer's Serpentine pavilion to open doorsSubscription
Oscar Niemeyer's summer pavilion for London's Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park - which opens today (19 June) - is a whitewashed and ramped confection of concrete and girders. The 95-year-old Brazilian architect said he wanted to give a flavour of everything that characterised his work with a design that 'floats above the ground' (AJ 22.5.03). He is the latest big name to be commissioned by Serpentine director Julia Peyton-Jones, following in the footsteps of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind ...
Edward Cullinan Architects and Herzog & de Meuron have each scooped two awards and been shortlisted for a third from a raft of architectural prizes, including the RIBA's biggest-ever handout of plaudits, writes Jez Abbott.
OBEs for Eyre and Owusu in honoursSubscription
Elsie Owusu and Jim Eyre have been awarded OBEs for services to architecture in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which also includes a builder who is wheelchair-bound after an accident on a construction site.
Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota wants to appeal against the Tate Tower by Philip Gumuchdjian and Kevin Dash after an inspector overturned Southwark council's planning refusal.
Channel 4 has chosen Castleford in West Yorkshire as the location for an ambitious town design makeover project.
New York's famous arts venue the Lincoln Center is suffering a financial crisis that is threatening Foster and Partners' $250 million (£150 million) plans for the Avery Fisher Hall.
Scott Brownrigg + TurnerSubscription
Scott Brownrigg + Turner has won detailed planning permission for this Environment Agency headquarters building in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, designed to encompass a series of 'green features'. Two 3,500m2 curved buildings will be clad in red panels and glass and house the agency and a hydrology firm. The three-storey blocks include solarpanel brise-soleil louvres, natural ventilation and wind turbines on the roof. Work is due to start later this year and finish in 2005.
Cadtest winning over practicesSubscription
More than 70 organisations have signed up to use Cadtest, the benchmarking system for measuring and monitoring CAD performance, launched last month in association with The Architects' Journal.The system measures performance by accuracy and speed, via a simple test on screen of basic CAD skills.Users buy a licence and receive a CD-ROM.